Following the Accession Council meeting at St James’s Palace in London on September 10, 2022, Charles III was officially proclaimed King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. A historic ceremony filmed for the first time.
It is a landmark moment in the UK. For the first time in the history of the British monarchy, a meeting of the Accession Council is broadcast live around the world. In front of millions of people, Charles, sovereign since September 8, 2022, has officially just been proclaimed king. This September 10 is a symbolic day as the Accession Council ratifies the reign of Charles III.
The approximately 250 members of the Privy Council – made up of leading politicians as well as judges and high-ranking civil servants and clergy – meet at St James’s Palace, the sovereign’s official residence in London. Among them, the British Prime Minister Liz Truss, six former Prime Ministers – Boris Johnson, Theresa May, Gordon Brown, Sir Tony Blair, Sir John Major, David Cameron -, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford.
Thus begins this centuries-old, extremely codified ceremony, which takes place in two stages.
Proclamation of the new king
At 10 a.m. London time, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Camilla the Queen Consort, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, Lord Chancellor, Duke of Norfolk, in charge of arranging state ceremonies, and the Clerk of the Council, the civil servant Richard Tilbrook, enters the dais in front of the assembly. King Charles is not present.
Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt, Lord President of the Privy Council, speaks first: she announces the death of Queen Elizabeth II before proclaiming the accession of Charles III.
“Considering that it has pleased Almighty God to call to His mercy our late Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II, of blessed and glorious memory, whose death won Prince Charles Philippe Arthur George the Crown of Great Britain and from Northern Ireland.
Therefore, we, the spiritual and temporal lords of this realm, and the members of the House of Commons, together with the other members of his late Majesty’s Privy Council and the representatives of the realms and territories, the aldermen, the citizens of London and others, with one voice and one consent of tongue and heart, publish and proclaim that Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, has now, by the death of our late sovereign of happy memory, become our only legitimate and happy lord.
Charles III, by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its other realms and territories, King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we acknowledge our full faith and obedience with humble affection, praying to God, by whom kings and queens reign, to bless his majesty with long and happy years of reign over us.”
the God Save the King is taken up in unison by the members of the Council.
The proclamation confirming the new monarch in office is then signed by Prince William, Camilla – both members of the Privy Council since 2016 –, Penny Mordaunt, the Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York , the Lord Chancellor and the Duke of Norfolk.
Charles III makes his declaration of accession
After signing the official document, the members of the Privy Council proceed to the throne room where King Charles delivers his declaration of accession, his first official act as head of state. The new ruler announces the death of his “beloved mother, the Queen” and speaks of Elizabeth II’s “selfless service” and how her reign was “unequaled in duration, devotion and devotion”.
“I am keenly aware of this deep heritage and of the grave duties and responsibilities that have not been passed on to me. to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands, and of the Commonwealth realms and territories throughout the world. To this end, I know that I will be supported by the affection and loyalty of the peoples whose I I have been called to be sovereign, and in the performance of these duties I shall be guided by the counsel of their elected parliaments.”
As the day before during his message to the British, Charles renews his promise to serve the people. “In fulfilling the heavy task entrusted to me, and to which I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray that Almighty God will guide and help me.” He also pays tribute to his wife Camilla: “In all of this, I am deeply encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife.”
Signing of the oath
At the end of his declaration, King Charles III signs the oath he has just taken before the Council. The witnesses in turn initial the document, starting with Prince William and Camilla. Penny Mordaunt then reads the draft ordinances of the proclamation which the king approves one by one.
Place now for the public proclamation of the new sovereign from the balcony of Friary Court at St. James’s Palace by the Garter King of Arms. Several volleys of cannon fire are fired in Hyde Park and the Tower of London for the new King as the proclamation is also read in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
MPs are due to take an oath of allegiance to the new king in the afternoon while Charles will receive an audience with the Prime Minister, cabinet members and opposition leaders in Buckingham. He will also meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster.